Madhuvaneswarar Temple, Nannilam, Thiruvarur
Madhuvaneswarar Temple is a Hindu temple situated in the town of Nannilam in the Thiruvarur district of Tamilnadu. The presiding deity is Shiva. The temple is believed to have been built by the Early Chola King Kochenganan. This is the 188th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 71st Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Naadu. Sundarar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. This Temple is known as Nannilam Perungkoil and is situated on the banks of River Mudikondan.
Presiding Deity is called as Madhuvaneswarar and Mother is called as Madhuvaneswari. Sthala Vriksham is Vilwa and Theerthams of this temple are Brahmma Theertham and Soola Theertham. This is one of the Mada Temples built by Chola king Kochenganan, who has built 78 other temples of this nature. This temple is also known as Madhuvanam, and Shiva is also known as Prakaasa Nayakar.
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This is one of the Maadakovils built by Chola king Ko Chenkat Cholan so that elephants cannot enter the sanctum. It is built on a land covering an area of 270 feet in length and 135 feet in width. The Temple has two prakarams. The 30 feet tall 2 tier Rajagopuram is facing east with five Kalasams. Lord Shiva in sanctum sanctorum is facing east and Mother the south. Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambulingamurthy and in square Peetam. The shrine for Lord Shiva is situated at an elevation. The shrine for female deity and Agastheeshwarar is located at the lower level.
Presiding Deity is called as Madhuvaneswarar / Prakaasa Nayakar and Mother is called as Madhuvaneswari / Madhu Vana Nayaki / Periya Nayaki / Prakaasa Nayaki. Sthala Vriksham is Vilwa and Theerthams of this temple are Brahmma Theertham, Chakra Theertham and Soola Theertham. In a small hill within the temple are shrines for Lords Nardana Ganapathy, Durga, Somaskanda, Dakshinamurthy, Annamalaiyar and Brahmma.
In the prakara down the hill are Lords Siddhi Vinayaka, Subramanya, Chandikeswara, Agastheeshwarar, Brahmapureeswarar, Bhairava and Saturn (Sani Baghwan), Sun God and Navagrahas the nine planets and Mother Mahalakshmi. Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Brahma, Lingothpavar and Durgai are found in the Koshtam in the ground level and only Dhakshinamoorthy is found in the Koshtam in the Upper level. Lord Nataraja graces in the form of picture from a separate shrine (Sabha) near the sanctum.
There are many specialties in the temple such as Bairavar is present by the side of Surya God; All the Navagrahas are facing the direction of Sun God; Surya and Guru are facing each other; Saturn is present in a separate shrine; Chithra Guptha is present in a separate shrine. There are lingams worshipped by Yama in South; Varuna in West; Indra in East and Guberan in North. There are lingams of Mahadevar worshipped by Brahmma and Agastheeshwarar by Agasthiar inside the temple.
Chandikeswarar can be seen with his wives in this Temple. The bronze image of Bhoga Sakthi is always housed in Shiva's sanctum. Shrines of Somaskandar, Dakshinamurthy and Nardana Ganapathi can be reached by climbing a flight of steps. The Soola Theertham (created with the trident of Shiva) is located to the north of the temple.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Four worship services are offered each day. Vaikasi Visakam in May June, Tirukarthikai in November-December and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai, Thai Poosam, Valli Tirumanam in Karthikai, Aani Tirumanjanam, Aadi Pooram, Aavani Moolam and Skanda Sashti festivals are celebrated with much fanfare in this temple. Other festivals are Guru Puja for Saint Sundarar in Aadi Swati star day in July-August; monthly Pradoshams and Shivarathri and all Shiva related auspicious days.
The temple is praised by Saint Sundarar in his Thevaram hymns. This is referred to as Perum Kovil by Sundaramoorthy Nayanar – hence Brihadeeswarar. This is the 188th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 71st Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Sundarar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.
It is believed that those bathing in the sacred spring in Masi Month-February-March and worship the Lord will gain all benefits in life and those worshipping on Ekadasi days-11th day of full moon or new moon days and pradosha days-13th day in both fortnights will reach Moksha-salvation. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and offer vastras.
Sri Madhuvaneswarar Temple,
Nannilam – 610 105,
Mobile: +91 – 94426 82346 / 99432 09771
This Temple is located at about 16 Kms from Thiruvarur, 32 Kms from Mayiladuthurai, 30 Kms from Kumbakonam, 66 Kms from Thanjavur, 32 Kms from Karaikkal and 125 Kms from Trichy. Nannilam is located on Tiruvarur – Mayiladuthurai route. The temple is located in the heart of the Nannilam town. Nannilam can be reached easily from Thiruvarur, Mayiladuthurai, Kumbakonam and Karaikkal. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nannilam and is 5 Kms away from the Temple. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy. Pasupatheeswarar Temple, Thirukondeecharam is another Devara Paadal Petra Sthalam is around 2 kms from this temple.